Tad focuses on larger business and economic development projects and partnerships, maintaining positive relationships with MBC stakeholders and providers of capital, and expanding MBC’s relationships with regional, national, and international organizations. He has been involved with the rural telecommunications industry for over 20 years, working with rural telecommunications providers and cooperatives. He brings a deep understanding of the issues and resource needs surrounding broadband, wholesale optical transport services, and rural economic development issues.
Mark Varah - Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined MBC after 20+ years of leadership in financial and operating roles in Fortune 100, start-up, and not for profit enterprises. His industry sector experience includes technology, defense, automotive, social services, and venture capital. Most recently, Mark served as CFO and Director for a venture funded software company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark Petty - VP of Network Operations
Mark Petty began his career at CenturyLink as an OSP Engineer in Charlottesville, Virginia after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to MBC, he served as Director of OSP Plant Engineering for Lumos, where he led the engineering effort for an 800-mile expansion in Central and Eastern Virginia. Mark has had the opportunity throughout his career to support the design, engineering, deployment, and management of broadband networks for residential, small and large businesses, wireless providers, and government agencies in an eight-state region, including Virginia.
Mark grew up in the rural Southwest Virginia town of Galax where furniture and textiles were the main industries and, thus, understands the importance of broadband connectivity and job creation for communities like these.
Dave Keller - VP of Sales and Business Development
Dave is a 30 year telecom industry veteran and started his career with the Sprint local division. While at Sprint, Dave held roles of increasing responsibility in Operations, Network Planning, Sales, and Product Management. Dave joined American Electric Power and led the effort to build a 2500 route mile fiber network in 3 years. Dave joined NTELOS in Waynesboro, VA as the Vice President of Sales and became responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service for the Wholesale and Retail Competitive service provider covering seven states. Recently, Dave worked for CenturyLink and ValleyNet in general management roles.
2018-2019 MBC Board of Directors
Ernest R. (Randy) Lail
Chairman, MBC Board Business Consultant & Director, Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. & Benchmark Community Bank
Director of Member & External Relations, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Earving L. Blythe
Vice President Emeritus for Information Technology & CIO, Virginia Tech (Retired)
Duane Dahlquist, PE
Chairman Emeritus, MBC Board General Manager, Blue Ridge Power Agency (Retired)
Ben Davenport, Jr.
Chairman, First Piedmont Corporation
County Administrator, Orange County
Mark D. Heath
President/CEO, Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation
Edward “Ted” Hodges
Vice Chairman, MBC Board Partner, Clement & Wheatley, PC
Executive Chairman, American National Bank
Owner & Operator, Cornerstone Insurance Agency
Region Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
President, Blue Ridge Advisory Services Group
MBC is a Virginia-based leader in creating
unique public-private partnerships to build and operate
open-access fiber networks. MBC has built over
1,900 route miles of fiber in Southern Virginia
to bring competition and drive down costs to
accelerate digital inclusiveness.